Niagara Falls has long been one of the best places in North America to get a meal, whether you wanted classic poutine, wood-fired pizza, or a thick, hearty steak. As the Niagara Peninsula’s wineries and vineyards have continued to garner more and more attention by visitors to the area, some of the dining preferences of those living close by and visiting from far away began to shift: The oenophiles and foodies marveling at the Falls have been increasingly on the lookout for dining experiences worthy of the region’s legendary waterfalls and its legendary, world-renowned wine.
When Chef Jamie Kennedy opened Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar in February of 2012, he did so after many successful and highly acclaimed restaurant endeavors in Toronto, as well as after his appointment to the rank of Member of the Order of Canada. For his Niagara Falls restaurant debut, he wanted to bring a new type of dining experience to the hundreds of thousands of people dining in the heart of Niagara Falls each year, and in order to do that, he decided to shine a light on the region’s many food producers. Toward that end, he crafted a menu born entirely out of the rich and fertile bounty of the many farms, dairies, vineyards, and orchards in the area.
Jamie Kennedy is probably best known throughout Canada for two things: his commitment to fresh, local, seasonal, and sustainable fare and preparing all that good local food in such a way that it highlights and celebrates all the aspects of Canadian cuisine that make the country’s many regions standout as unique in their various culinary expressions, and his journey to this Niagara Falls restaurant is no exception. When guests dine at Windows, they get to experience the Niagara region’s remarkable flavors, colors, textures, and aromas, and they get to do so at the hands of a skilled culinary master and his skilled culinary team.
Even though it has only been in operation a little more than three years, Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar has already won numerous prestigious awards, including the CAA/AAA Four-Diamond Award and the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and while no official award has been granted for it, it’s hard to imagine a better view of the Falls than the one guests enjoy from the restaurant’s dining room.
In addition to the top-quality food and preparation that’s par for the course, the wine list is likewise exceptional. To say it features Ontario wines is something of an understatement as the list offers dozens of excellent area wines, including seven different Ontario icewines. There are also wines from France, Italy, South Africa, Portugal, and more, but it’s always clear that the true star of the Windows wine show are the wines produced in the restaurant’s backyard.
Come to the 14th floor of the Sheraton on the Falls, where local food is prepared according to the highest culinary standards, the wine list is to die for, and the view is out of this world.